Friday, December 11, 2009

Purna Yoga East proudly announces the first graduating class from The College of Purna Yoga

Eight aspiring yoga teachers entered the program in September and attended over 200 hour of training in yoga poses, breathing techniques, anatomy, nutrition, poetry and meditation techniques. The students were required to write book reports, complete anatomy homework, learn the alignment and safety points for all the yoga poses including the contra indications for the poses as well as the physical benefits for each of the poses and memorize poetry. Purna Yoga East is the only studio in Johnston County that is registered with the Yoga Alliance to train yoga teachers.

They were required to attend all classes, sit for a 2 hour final written exam, as well as teach a yoga class to evaluate their knowledge base and abilities to lead a safe yoga class before being able to graduate.

Catharine Eberhart, E-RYT 500 and director of Purna Yoga East, led the training. She also teaches a 500 hour level yoga teacher training program at Yoga Centers in Bellevue, WA. She was so impressed and inspired by the talent and commitment of this group of students. They were wonderful students and are delightful people. It made teaching a joy.

We are lucky to have such a caring, professional group of yoga teachers in Clayton who will share the gifts of yoga with their students as well as keep their students safe!

Seven of the graduates have committed to teach at Purna Yoga East beginning this winter!

Pictured from L to R: Susan Myers, Anna Woodson-Williamson, Phyllis Harris, Hank Harris, Catharine Eberhart, Valerie Sayre, Tonia Bowen, Bobbie Ginnane and Lara Perry

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